In recent years, the number of personal computer (PC) sales for both desktop and laptop computers has been on a steady downward decline. Part of the reason for the reduction in sales stems from people being able to do most everything they want on their smartphone or tablet device, and even some things they cannot on a PC.
Some analysts are predicting the PC will be extinct within the next ten to fifteen years as new and emerging technologies continue to change how people access content offline and online. Others have a more reserved look at this technology market segment and believe the PC will still be around for quite some time. However, the PC as we know it will be transformed to make it more competitive with portable devices.
We can already start to see some of this transformation occurring in laptop computers. Some manufacturers are rolling out compact laptops that offer the flexibility of a tablet and a computer all in a single design. Microsoft’s Surface is a good example of such a device. It offers touchscreen-friendliness users like with their tablet, and a detachable keyboard so it can be converted into a “laptop-like” computer. read more